|Kyudo Kai form - fully drawn bow.|
Master of Kyudo, Sensei Ali Zolfagharian teaches lessons on kyudo -- Japanese archery -- in Mexico City. Kyudo is radically different than archery I'd practiced in high school. Our group of dedicated archers would meet on Sunday mornings at the UNAM campo de tiro con arco.
|Kyudokai Mexico sponsored the classes.|
|One Arrow, One Life -- the essential text on Kyudo.|
Skill depends on a clear memory and the ability to move in harmony with others during the entry and exit processionals. With careful practice, the candidate advances.
Upper body muscles may need development to engage in the demands of kyudo. Ali Zolfagharian, the instructor, provided a length of elastic stretch rope so I could practice the full bow opening movement. This You Tube video displays the kyudo form.